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Mus. 998

This is one of the many manuscripts of 17th-century Italian cantatas now in Christ Church Library.

Manuscript. Cantatas largely for solo voice and continuo by Mario Savioni, Luigi Rossi, Giacomo Carissimi and other Roman composers; unidentified Roman copyist, copying probably in the third quarter of the 17th century. Composer attributions were added by the copyist.

  • Items 1-23 in the inventory below are scored for solo voice and continuo; the final cantata (item 24) is for two voices and continuo.
  • For facsimiles of items 1, 4, 6, 8 and 22, see Cantatas by Luigi Rossi, selected and introduced by Francesco Luisi, The Italian Cantata in the Seventeenth Century, 1 (New York, 1986).
  • For facsimiles of items 11, 12, 16 and 17, see Cantatas by Mario Savioni and Pietro Simone Agostini, selected and introduced by Irving Eisley, The Italian Cantata in the Seventeenth Century, 12 (New York, 1985).
  • Item 3: for an incomplete copy of this cantata by Richard Goodson Sr, see Mus. 51/22.
Table of titles and composers as shown in the manuscript. Display in modern form.
1 Luigi Rossi Sotto l'ombra d'un Pino [Lamento di Cecco] ff. 1r-28v
2   Perche abigliato io sono ff. 29r-40v
3 Jacomo Caris[si]mi Ardo lassa ò non ardo? ff. 41r-52v
4 Luigi Rossi Tutto cinto di ferro [Lo sdegno smargasso] ff. 53r-64v
5 [Luigi Rossi] Torna indietro pensier dove si và ff. 65r-78v
6 [Luigi Rossi] Pender non prima vide [Pianto della Maddalena] ff. 79r-92v
7 Carlo del Viol[in]o [= Carlo Caproli] Non si tema il mar infido [La Regina de Tunesi] ff. 93r-112v
8 Luigi Rossi Nel dì ch'al Padre eterno [Peccatore pentito] ff. 113r-136v
9 Jacomo Caris[si]mi Toglietemi la vita [Vendetta in amore] ff. 137r-142v
10   Sovra il Calvario colle ff. 143r-146v
11 Mario Savioni Ove scorre, ove bagna ff. 147r-156v
12 Mario Savioni Augellin che non ritorni ff. 157r-164v
13 [Mario Savioni] Maggio tornò e à Filli ff. 165r-166v
14 Luigi Rossi In solitario speco ff. 167r-174v
15 Mario Savioni Fuora del mio Regno ff. 175r-178v
16 [Mario Savioni] Entro lo spatio angusto ff. 179r-184v
17 Mario Savioni Volete altro morirò ff. 185r-190v
18 Fran[ces]co Boccarini [recte Boccalino] Conto l'hore del dì ff. 191r-196v
19 Mario Savioni Se l'amar non è peccato ff. 197r-200v
20 [Mario Savioni] Ohimè Madre aita ff. 201r-203v
21 [Mario Savioni] Io pur ti dissi crudel ff. 204r-v
22 Luigi Rossi Ingordo human desio ff. 205r-216v
23 Mario Savioni Il tuo sonno e mio letargo ff. 217r-222r
24 Giacomo Caris[si]mi Più non ti chieggio ò Filli [Dialogo à Due Tirsi e Filli] ff. 223r-236v

Oblong format, 280 x 207 mm. Structure: i + 237 leaves. Textblock foliated '1-236' in ink by the copyist. An index of contents, now defective, was supplied by the copyist on the final two leaves (unfoliated; the first of these leaves, sig. [LLL3], is now detached and loose within the volume; the second, sig. [LLL4], is missing). Each cantata (or exceptionally a pair of cantatas) occupies a separate fascicle; the collation is as follows:

  • Item 1 (ff. 1-28): seven gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia (A-G4); copied on paper ruled with three systems of two staves (as remains the case for all the music up to item 23);
  • Item 2 (ff. 29-40): three gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia (H-J4);
  • Item 3 (ff. 41-52): three gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia (K-M4);
  • Item 4 (ff. 53-64): three gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia (N-P4);
  • Item 5 (ff. 65-78): three gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia, then a single bifolium (Q-S4, T2);
  • Item 6 (ff. 79-92): three gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia, then a single bifolium (U-W4, X2);
  • Item 7 (ff. 93-112): five gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia (Y-CC4);
  • Item 8 (ff. 113-36): six gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia (DD-II4);
  • Item 9 (ff. 137-42): one gathering of 2 quired bifolia, then a single bifolium (JJ4, KK2);
  • Item 10 (ff. 143-6): one gathering of 2 quired bifolia (LL4);
  • Item 11 (ff. 147-56): two gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia, then a single bifolium (MM-NN4, OO2);
  • Item 12 (ff. 157-64): two gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia (PP-QQ4);
  • Item 13 (ff. 165-6): bifolium (RR2);
  • Item 14 (ff. 167-74): two gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia (SS-TT4);
  • Item 15 (ff. 175-8): one gathering of 2 quired bifolia (UU4);
  • Item 16 (ff. 179-84): one gathering of 2 quired bifolia, then a single bifolium (VV4, WW2);
  • Item 17 (ff. 185-90): one gathering of 2 quired bifolia, then a single bifolium (XX4, YY2);
  • Item 18 (ff. 191-6): one gathering of 2 quired bifolia, then a single bifolium (ZZ4, AAA2);
  • Item 19 (ff. 197-200): one gathering of 2 quired bifolia (BBB4);
  • Items 20-21 (ff. 201-4): one gathering of 2 quired bifolia (CCC4);
  • Item 22 (ff. 205-16): three gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia (DDD-FFF4);
  • Item 23 (ff. 217-22): one gathering of 2 quired bifolia, then a single bifolium (GGG4, HHH2); unused ruled staves on f. 222v;
  • Item 24 (ff. 223-36): copied on paper ruled with two systems of four staves. Three gatherings each of 2 quired bifolia (III-KKK4; ff. 223-34); then one further gathering of 2 quired bifolia (LLL4), of which LLL1-2 = ff. 235-6, LLL3 is the unfoliated leaf used to begin the index of contents (now detached and loose within the volume), and LLL4 (conclusion of the index of contents) is missing.
Late 17th-century Italian (Roman?) fine binding of red-brown morocco over boards; upper and lower outside covers elaborately gold-tooled, and enclosing a central panel of a turreted tower surmounted by a bird; gilt edges; fragments of green ribbon ties at the fore-edge and upper and lower edges; inside upper and lower covers lined with marbled paper. Inside lower cover annotated in ink by Richard Goodson Jr: 'R: Goodson Ejus Liber et Patris fuit 1733'. The top right-hand corner of the front flyleaf has been cut away, as if to remove a trace of earlier ownership. Bookplate 3. 19th-century shelfmark: G.10 (subsequently changed to G.9).

Provenance: from the Goodson bequest, listed in Clement 1747 as 'Cantate [later changed to 'Cantatas'] Del Sigr. Luigi Rossi MS No. 46', and in Malchair 1787, f. 5, as 'Italian Songs for one Voic & Bass Luigi Rossi'.

Microfilm: manuscript music, reel 58.

The description above incorporates information kindly supplied by Margaret Murata and Alessio Ruffatti.

Bibliography:

  • Alessio Ruffatti, '"Curiosi e bramosi l'oltramontani cercano con grande diligenza in tutti i luoghi": La cantata romana del Seicento in Europa', Journal of Seventeenth-Century Music, 13 (2008), published online at http://www.sscm-jscm.org/v13/no1/ruffatti.html. Find in a Library